The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)


run time: 136 mins
rated: PG
considered: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
director: Marc Webb
starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Chris Zylka, Max Charles, C. Thomas Howell, Jake Keiffer, Kari Coleman

movie summary: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has spent his entire life trying to figure why his dad left him in the care of his uncle and aunt when he was a kid. When Peter discovers his dad’s old briefcase in the basement, the answers to his questions may be at the tip of his fingers until he crosses paths with his dad’s former scientific research partner, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans).

At high school Peter is just an ordinary teenager who is always late for class and rides his skate boards in the halls. He has a crush on the school’s most beautiful science nerd Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) even though they are not in the same social circles. One day when Peter returns home from school his uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) is cleaning out the basement after a broken pipe. His aunt May (Sally Field) is cooking dinner when Peter finds his dad’s old briefcase. He spends the rest of the night researching the documents he finds in the case. His online research leads him to Dr. Connors who works at the world’s leading science centre Oscorp. Peter knows Gwen is an intern at the centre so he follows her there to join in the program under someone else’s name. Gwen spots him and calls him about it, warning him not to mess around with anything. Peter breaks away from the group and steals a security pass to explore the research labs.

Inside one chamber Peter comes across some special genetically made spiders that are weaving power spider webs. He attempts to touch one which causes the other spiders to react and fall from everywhere which forces him to bat them off before running out of the room. Gwen finds him to revoke his internship pass, while the two stand there Peter gets bitten on the neck by one of the spiders. When he returns home that night he begins to experience sticky hands, super quick reflexes, heighten senses, and the ability to climb on things. Scared about what just happened to him he begins to research the effects of spider bites while learning to control his new abilities. He has focuses so much on him training that his has let his uncle and aunt down which leads to a huge fight, resulting in Peter storming out of the house. Uncle Ben chases after him only to get mugged and killed which enrages Peter to train harder and find the thug for revenge.

Gwen feels really sorry for Peter so she invites him over for dinner with her disapproving father police Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary). Peter engages in a heated discussion with George about the city’s new vigilante, Spider-Man. Peter argues that Spider-Man is trying to help the cops do their jobs to catch bad guys, and that he isn’t actually doing anything wrong. George kicks him out of the house when Gwen takes him out to say goodbye. The pair share a passionate kiss once Peter reveals himself as Spider-Man.

Peter returns to Oscorp where he talks to Dr. Connors about the possibilities of developing superior abilities. The doctor says it’s been impossible for him to regrow his lost arm but wonders why Peter is asking such questions, he begins to build a new formula for regeneration. After an initial test on a lab rat, the doctor tries it on himself with positive results. His arm grows back and just when he thinks everything is a success, a few hours later he begins to suffer some very traumatic side-effects that transfer his body into a creature. Spider-Man is out saving the city when the creature hits the streets destroying everything in its path. Neither the creature of Spider-Man who the identify of the other until they meet underground in the sewers to battle it out.

Peter contacts Gwen to make an antidote at Oscorp because the doctor has plans to use his successful formula on the general public, turning them all into super creatures. Captain Stacy is hot in pursuit of both the creature and Spider-Man and wants both taken down. He catches Spider-Man who pleads his case to be released and that he must get to the Oscorp tower before it’s to late. The creature reaches the laboratory when Gwen is, steals the formula, and heads to the rooftop to dispose the toxin into the air. When he reaches the roof little did the doctor know that waiting for him would be Spider-Man and the Captain. The three of them will fight tooth and nail with each other to stop the launching sequence.


my thoughts: Last night I finally got around to watching the Amazing Spider-Man for the second time ever. I remember watching it on the big screen the weekend it got released in 2012 and was blown away by how awesome it was. Watching it again reminded me how great Andrew Garfield is as Spider-Man, his chemistry with Emma Stone, Denis Leary’s sarcastic humour, and that the special effects were truly amazing.

It has been a few years since I have seen the three original Spider-Man movies with Tobey McGuire and Kristen Dunst, so to be fair I can’t properly compare the two franchises until I rematch them. From what I barely remember, this first movie was by far better than any of the previous ones. Even when the story takes it’s time to build up to the spider-like action sequences, it was still presented in a great way. Garfield looks like the smart rebellious kid while his uncle and aunt are the over bearing protective people who you would love to have as relatives. When things go bad, Garfield is able to turn that hatred into something more than great. He spends the majority of his childhood trying to figure out who his parents were and why he has grown up the way he did, which turns out to be a blessing in disguise when he dons the mask and tights. Everyone has a purpose on this planet, and even though it took Peter about 17 years to find it, what he turns into is something extraordinary that would have made his parents and uncle proud.

No super human movie would be complete without a love interest, this time played by the lovely and talented Emma Stone. The pair have amazing chemistry off-screen which flows into their characters on the big screen. Just the way they look at each other you know that Peter will do everything he can to protect her and her family no matter what the cost. Denis Leary steps in as he always does with a chip on his shoulder as the know it all Captain in the NYPD who doesn’t like Peter or his stories about creatures. The two find common ground when they finally team up to take down the bad guy. Leary plays a similar character in all his movies nowadays, characters filled with sarcasm and out bursts that are always provide a few chuckles. It is funny to watch Rhys Ifans act in any movie without remembering him as messy flatmate Spike from Notting Hill. I know he’s been in a lot of movies since, but I can’t help but associate him with that one character even though he does a fantastic good as a good turned evil scientist who on a conquest to create the perfect human.

The Amazing Spider-Man is an action packed journey through the streets of New York City as a good guy will try his best to stop evil from taking over the world. This movie is filled with fantastic CGI sequences of Spider-Man webbing himself from building to building on top of epic battle scenes between a man and creature. If you haven’t seen this reboot of the Spider-Man franchise it is more than worth the price of the rental or purchase at the store.

my star rating: 9 out 10 7.1 out 10 73% out 100%
metascore: 66/100

2 thoughts on “The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

  1. When I saw this all those years back, I wasn’t all that impressed. Sure it was fun, but that’s pretty much it. Good review Ryan.

    1. Thanks Dan, I’m really sorry to hear you felt that away. Watching it on Thursday made me realize how great it actually was. 🙂

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